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Joe Sclafani

Sclafani Selected in 14th Round of MLB Draft by Houston Astros

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 06/06/2012
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth shortstop Joe Sclafani was selected by the Houston Astros with the first pick of the 14th round (429th pick overall) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday evening. The switch-hitting senior from Palm City, Fla. is the eighth Big Green player taken in the draft in the last seven years and 28th player overall chosen out of Dartmouth.

One of the most prolific players in Ivy League history, Sclafani is one of just 22 players in conference history to earn a spot on the All-Ivy First team three times, plus was a second-team member as a sophomore. This spring he hit .288 while leading the team with 13 doubles, three triples, 32 runs scored and 27 walks, plus added two homers and 24 RBIs from the leadoff slot in the lineup. In the field, he led the league’s shortstops with a .955 fielding percentage and helped turn 22 of the team’s 28 double plays. Against the league, Sclafani was even better with a .333 average, .457 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage, as well as six doubles, a league-best three triples, two home runs, 20 runs and 15 RBIs.

Sclafani finished his career with his name littered among the all-time leaders at Dartmouth as well as the Ivy League. He recorded 220 hits (2nd at Dartmouth, 5th for Ivy), 19 triples (1st, 1st), 163 runs scored (2nd, 3rd), 100 walks (1st, 5th), 331 total bases (3rd, tied for 5th), 172 games played (1st, 11th) and 675 at-bats (1st, 2nd). One of the 30 players across the nation chosen as a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate, Sclafani also was named to the watch list for the 2012 Brooks Wallace Award, given to the top shortstop in the country.

Dartmouth has had at least one player picked in the draft in each of the last five years, with three of the selections coming during the first 15 rounds. Last year, right-hander Kyle Hendricks was taken in the eighth round by the Texas Rangers, and outfielder Nick Santomauro was an eighth-round pick of the New York Mets in 2009. Sclafani is the 16th player to be chosen in the draft that played for the Big Green during the 23-year tenure of current Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen, the first being Mark Johnson ’90 who enjoyed an eight-year big-league career with Pittsburgh, Anaheim and the New York Mets.
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